I’ve been working online for almost 10 years, and I still hear people complain to creators that they should not be charging for their personal development services and products. They think that someone who creates a course, book, service, or website, should give everything they created away for free. This kind of thinking blows my mind. Life has always been about paying for goods and services and getting paid for the goods and services you provide. It’s how you make money. It’s how I make money. It’s how everyone makes money. To tell someone that they shouldn’t charge for their product or service is ridiculous. It doesn’t matter if it is a personal development course or a subscription to a service that helps you make daily decisions around something important. They should charge you something.
You Got To Be Willing To Pay For Your Personal Development
You can spend your whole life paying for Cheetos, cigarettes, marijuana, or eating out. Or, you can spend money on things that help grow your awareness, help you manage your time, energy, or money, improve your life, and make you more productive as a result.
If you want to be more productive, you got to be willing to pay for your personal development because personal development and productivity go hand in hand. There’s no way around it. If you are not willing to pay for it, then you will never get access to the information and services that will help you grow because, contrary to what some believe, it’s not likely to be offered for free.
Whether it’s a course like Becoming Limitless, a book like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or an app that helps you organize your life, you can’t expect to get it for free. Someone put their time, energy, and money in creating it and making it useful for you, and wanting it for free is like telling them that their time, effort, and money put into the product or service was not worth it. That’s ridiculous.
They Want To Help So Why Charge?
This is the big argument I see from people who want personal development products for free. They say, “If you want to help people, then why are you charging them?”
Every service and product out there is meant to help you in some way. But, it takes time, effort, and money to create those services and products, and why should that be for free?
Should farmers, who use seeds and dirt – something we all have access to, not charge for the produce they grow because, “If they want to help people get nutritious food, they shouldn’t charge”? Of course not! They are putting their time, money, and energy into creating something (even if it’s something natural that we could all create) for you, the person who needs or wants it.
Invest In Things That Make You Happier And More Successful
Be more willing to pay for things that can improve your life than things that can hurt your life. This is a great motto to live by.
- If you invest in your personal development, you will become happier and more successful.
- If you invest in useless things that make you unhealthy, unhappy, or just fleetingly happy, then that’s a waste of time.
Think about it: You can invest in learning how to improve your memory and brain health with Superbrain by Jim Kwik, which can help you become more productive and earn more money in the long run, thus giving you the ability to go on more vacations, spend more time with your loved ones, or buy more toys that enhance your life. Or you can spend the same amount of money on a new gadget for the house that isn’t going to impact you positively in the long run.
If you want to be happier and more successful, you must be willing to get rid of the ‘this should be free’ belief towards personal development products.
Online Versus Offline Services And Products
A big issue I see is that people don’t want to pay for products and services online. They will gladly go to an in-person seminar and pay $500-$1000 to do so, but they won’t pay for an online program that’s $300 and offers just as much content… usually more than an in-person seminar, in my experience.
Just because something is digital does not mean it has less value. The same amount of time, energy, and effort had to go into making that product as a physical product.
Also, digital products and services give you the freedom to use them from anywhere. You can go to the opposite side of the world and still get access to all your digital products and services, whereas you can’t take your physical things with you – at least not all of them. That makes them even more valuable.
Appreciate digital services and products. They have just as much, and sometimes more, to offer than physical services and products.
Invest In Yourself For Maximum Change
You can find a lot of free information. It’s all over the internet. Hell, it’s on this website!
But, when someone puts the time in to create a course, product, or service that approaches a certain topic extensively, be willing to invest in yourself if it’s something you are interested in. And be willing to pay someone for giving you the information that you don’t have or the service that you need.
If you don’t, you can’t grow past the point of what’s offered for free. And, if you get into the mindset that you don’t want to pay for information or services that can improve your life, then your life will barely change.
If you are willing to invest in things that give you little in return, then you should be willing to invest in things that give you the knowledge, power, and more control over your life.